It is possible to earn more than your boss

It is suggested that people who make lots of money may have a different attitude in the workplace compared to those that don't.

702's Gugs and Sizwe spoke to Mpho Nkeli, Director for Search Partners International, about workplace dynamics when an employee earns more than their boss.

In many instances, the higher the level, the better the value you add to the company, therefore you will be remunerated more...

Mpho Nkeli, Director for Search Partners International

There are some instances where the company has very attractive commission structures for sales people who will then earn fairly high - the harder they work, the more they get paid.

Mpho Nkeli, Director for Search Partners International

Does the chain of command get affected when people earn more?

Nkeli says if anyone fails to adhere to authority because of how much they are earning (if they are earning more than their manager) then there is a behavioral issue that needs to addressed.

If you look at a sales person making a lot of money, they may be a little bit pompous, they may feel a little bullet proof because the company needs them and if they leave they might go to the competitors.

Mpho Nkeli, Director for Search Partners International

Nkeli spoke about power balance between employer and employee, where an employee has so much power and the company will have to go out of its way to retain them.

The power balance where an employer had all the power is gradually changing over time. The power shift has moved a little bit to the employee, particularly high performing, value adding employees.

Mpho Nkeli, Director for Search Partners International

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